The Hearts and Homes for Youth Honors Gala was held on Thursday, October 17 at The Fillmore in Silver Spring to support the organization's almost 50 years of providing support to at risk youths in Montgomery County.
The evening honored Tamara Darvish, VP of Darcars, Inc. as presented by U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, and Kathryn Turner, Founder, President/CEO, Standard Technologies as presented by Councilwoman, Valerie Ervin.
A special tribute was presented to Jan Goldstein, in the form of the annual Avis Birely award, by Vic Seested, grandson to Avis Birely – the first Chairwoman of the Montgomery County Council – whose original grant to the Hearts and Homes organization in the 1960s spurred its inception. Seested’s parents, Victor and Nola, were in attendance and watched on as their family legacy of support passed on to the next generation.
“My family’s support of Hearts and Homes for Youth has spanned over three generations and counting,” said Vic Seested, Presenter of the Avis Birely Award. “Each year we honor her vision and belief in the changes Hearts and Homes could bring to our community and celebrate the lives of so many individuals who may not have had anywhere else to turn without this organization.